Environmental Psychology MSc

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

How does the environment in which we live and work affect how we feel, think and act?

What can be done to change the interactions between people and their environments to create a better tomorrow?

If these are the types of questions which inspire you, then studying our MSc in Environmental Psychology could motivate and change your way of thinking. Our School of Psychology established the first MSc in Environmental Psychology in the world in 1973. It is still just one of a few of its type in the world.

Five reasons to study for a masters in environmental psychology at Surrey

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What you will study

Our academics will stimulate your curiosity with theories, methods and practice of environmental psychology. Applying your knowledge to current world problems, you will prepare for your career as you reflect on professional practice issues.

From personal space in offices environments to climate change awareness, we study the relationship between people and environments at every scale.

This is an exciting subject area which, in addition to psychology, will expose you to elements of social science, environmental science and design. This course has the added benefit of strong links to academic institutions and research groups in the UK and abroad. Including the chance to be supervised by a member of the Environmental Psychology Research Group – an organisation with a strong international reputation.


Did you know that we’re one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments in the UK? Our course allows you to make your own mark on the exciting research we conduct at Surrey from attending research groups to involving yourself in ongoing projects. Conferences covering new ideas and thought-provoking seminars and workshops will also be available to you throughout the year while you study.

Environmental Psychology Research Group

Joining us gives you the chance to become part of the Environmental Psychology Research Group. This has an international reputation for research which has been built up over 30 years. The work conducted by the Environmental Psychology Research Group furthers our knowledge of how people interact with different types of environments, while considering how these interactions impact people’s personal wellbeing and more. The Environmental Psychology Research Group's work contributes to creating a better understanding of how we should go about developing and managing healthy places and spaces for all. The group also holds weekly meetings to discuss research topics among members as well as with external speakers.

In terms of conducting your own research under the supervision of an Environmental Psychology Research Group member, there are a wide range of topics you could consider. Past students have researched the relationships between people and their environments in areas ranging from climate change perceptions to the design of open-plan offices. You can find a list of student projects on the Environmental Psychology Research Group webpages.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our graduates have progressed into careers in central and local government, taking on policy-oriented research in a variety of environment-related behaviour issues. Many of our graduates have become practice consultants or have found careers in central or local government, using their skills in environment behaviour research. Could you join their ranks?

The skills you’ll develop on our course have a variety of applications, such as in engineering, landscape architecture, planning or design. It could be that you have had experience in one of these professions before. Our course will allow you to return to them with a greater range of skills, enhancing your professional value to the organisations you choose to work for in the future.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose one from the listed optional modules in Semester 2.

PT - Choose two modules to take in each semester.

Split the modules across two years as agreed with the Programme Leader. Part-Time students should consult with the Programme Leader at an early stage to discuss how best to address the course requirements across two years

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose one from the listed optional modules in Semester 2.

PT - Choose two modules to take in each semester.

Split the modules across two years as agreed with the Programme Leader. Part-Time students should consult with the Programme Leader at an early stage to discuss how best to address the course requirements across two years


Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Architectural Engineering, Architectural Landscape, Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Interior Architecture and Design, Psychology, Urban Planning, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Selection is based upon a candidate’s application, references and an informal interview. In special circumstances, a student may be set work for assessment before being offered a place on the programme.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Start date: October 2020

Full-time - 1 year

UK/EU £8,300

Overseas £21,000

Part-time - 2 years

UK/EU £4,200

Overseas £10,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.


You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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